Unable to set the Wallpaper on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

Recently, we find an wallpaper setting issue on windows 7 and windows server 2008 R2.
You want to set a picture on the computer as a background and it doesn't work. And you can only change it to a solid color.
The following KB article was also tried, but the wallpaper never applied:

The "Desktop Wallpaper" Group Policy setting is not applied in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

After some research, data collection and troubleshooting, we get a solution:
Please follow the steps below to resolve it:
1.    Delete or rename the file
Ø    Open an Explorer window.
Ø    Cick the left mouse button in the Address/Breadcrumbs box.  It will change to a path.
Ø    Copy the path %USERPROFILE%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsThemes and paste it in, replacing what's there. Hit enter.
Ø    Explorer will go to the location of the file TranscodedWallpaper.jpg.
Ø    Delete or rename the file TranscodedWallpaper.jpg..

2.    Apply the wallpaper again.
In this way, wallpaper can successfully applied.

Some reference from technet forum:


Edit: We have released a Knowledge Base article for this issue, see details in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2504610/en-us

Comments (6)

  1. pawan verma says:


        when i delete transcodedwallpaper.jpg, it's again on same path.

      what can i do.

  2. leran nijem says:

    pawan this happends to me too..

    i dont know what to do please help!

  3. Devansh Dhrafani says:

    Sir ,i also tried it but the walpaper is still not changing from a solid colour

  4. raghu says:

    yeah.. da wallpaper is nt changing from solid colour..

    plzz help us

  5. Kundan_gaira says:

    Thanks… thanks a lot sir It's working..


  6. Amol Agarwal says:

    u can change the wallpaper .

    open it in microsoft office picture manager ->right click->and set as desktop background.

    requirement: microsoft office should be installed.

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